Over 62k apply for language test

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 16, 2014-

More than 62,000 youths are set to attend the Korean Language test scheduled for September 26-27 this year, the Ministry of Labour and Employment (MoLE) said. The number is much higher in comparison to last year when only 47,000 youths attended the test. The test will be held the Capital but venue has been fixed yet.

According to the EPS section at the Department of Foreign Employment (DoFE), 13,380 applications were received from Acme Engineering College centre, 11,691 from Chaysal ground centre and 10,548 from Laboratory Secondary School centre in Kathmandu.

Similarly, a total of 590 applications were collected from Dadheldhura, 9,933 from Pokhara and 6,994 from Butwal. The applicants had to pay US $24 for each application form.

EPS officials said the growing unemployment in the country is major reason why people are attracted toward countries like South Korea. Majority of the applicants include fresh university graduates, job holders and returnee migrants.

“There is growing attraction toward Korean as the recruitment process is fair and cheaper while the returns is as good as in Europe,” said Dilli Ram Bastola, director of the EPS-Korea Section.

Ministry staffers said there has been marked rise in participation of women, university graduates and even job holders in the Korean language test. The Korean government has not set any educational criteria for the job as the quota is for the unskilled laborers. The applicants should be below 39 years old to participate in the language test.

Korean government has not unveiled country-wise quota for 2015, but hardly one fifth of the examinees are likely to get selected through the test. Informed sources said around 9,000 selected candidates will be eligible to be enlisted in the roster, an online platform for employer to recruit workers.

The South Korean Human Resource Department has allocated 5,700 jobs to Nepali workers for 2014 under the EPS system. The country had hired 5,234 Nepali migrants in 2013.

Ministry officials said the competition for overseas job has grown of late as Nepal has not been able to create job opportunities to its new labour force.

“The competition will be tough this year as everyone is interested to go to a good country like Korea,” said Buddhi Khadka, MoLE joint secretary.

Forms received

Centers    Number

Chaysal    11,691

Sitapaila    13,380

Kritipur    10,584

Butwal    6,994

Pokhara    9,933

Dhadeldhura    590

Published: 17-08-2014 08:37

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